Kansas City Chiefs phenom Patrick Mahomes is the most talented quarterback in the NFL, and he's poised for a record-breaking contract extension after the 2019 season.
Mahomes isn't eligible to sign his second contract before the offseason, but there's no question the Chiefs will want to lock him in long-term as soon as possible. ESPN's Adam Schefter gave his thoughts on Mahomes' next contract during Thursday's edition of "Get Up", and some of the numbers he gave were astounding.
"He is expected at some point during the offseason to get a new deal done with the Chiefs that I would think, just guessing, is going to be a deal in excess of $200 million over the course of that contract," Schefter said. "So let's just say five years, $40-plus million per year, $200-plus million."
How would this contract impact the New England Patriots?
Well, it means the Chiefs likely will be the Patriots' toughest competition in the AFC for the foreseeable future. These teams met in last season's AFC Championship Game, where the Patriots escaped with a 37-31 overtime victory at Arrowhead Stadium before ultimately beating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
It's hard to envision the Patriots and Chiefs not meeting in the AFC title game again this season, barring an injury to Mahomes or Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Both teams are 3-0 entering Week 4, and Mahomes and Brady already are the clear betting favorites to win league MVP. Mahomes won the AP NFL MVP in 2018 -- his first season as a starter. He's off to a fantastic start this season, too, and he leads all quarterbacks in passing yards and touchdowns through three weeks.
The Patriots will host the Chiefs in December for a Week 14 matchup at Gillette Stadium. It's obviously too early to tell, but this game could decide which team earns the No. 1 seed and homefield advantage in the AFC playoffs.
Mahomes' contract also could have implications on Brady's next deal. The 42-year-old quarterback is a free agent after the 2019 campaign, and it'll be interesting to see how big his salary is for 2020 if he decides to play a 21st pro season. Brady has taken less than his fair market value throughout his career, which has helped the Patriots surround him with enough talent to consistently compete for championships.
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